Bring Glacier Bay to your classroom. Study otters, bears, underwater sound, halibut, the marine environment, crabs, seabirds, kelp forests, and more...
The ocean is filled with amazing noises. Learn how marine mammals rely...
Can YOU identify Glacier Bay's different bears?
Seal? Sea lion? Learn how to tell the difference in this fun lesson.
By exploring the coast of Resurrection Bay, students will learn about the formation of a fjord, the relationships within an estuary ecosystem, and the importance of conserving the biodiversity within Kenai Fjords National Park.
Students will engage in a listening game that simulates how killer whales use echolocation to find food in Glacier Bay. They will try to determine the location of nine sounds made from various locations around a circle – in front, behind, or to the side of them. The data collectors will record the results and the class will analyze the data. In the final round, students will be introduced to ambient noise to see how it affects the ability of the killer whales to locate their prey.
Students will learn that humpback whales make different vocalizations. They will discover how scientists can use technology to track whales by listening to their vocalizations. Students will engage in a role play activity that simulates the tracking of whales using hydrophones as they migrate between Alaska and Hawaii.
Students begin this investigation by watching the seven-minute video, Harbor Seals in Glacier Bay. Jamie Womble, a seal researcher at Glacier Bay, interacts with local students to answer questions about harbor seals and various ways to study them. Students compare their answers to the researcher questions and their reactions to the video. As researchers, students observe the similarities and differences between seals and sea lions and create a Venn Diagram to graph these features.
Students will become “bear aware” by exploring ways to reduce human-bear interactions and applying them to different real-life scenarios. They will use critical thinking skills to make a list of considerations when camping, hiking, fishing, and at home. Students will conclude by creating a “Bear Aware Campaign” by making posters, creating podcasts or videos, or writing news stories.
Students begin this investigation by watching the nine minute video, Bears of Glacier Bay. Tania Lewis, a researcher at Glacier Bay, interacts with local students to answer questions about the two bear species found in Glacier Bay. Students discuss their reactions to the video and then become researchers in a role play activity. As researchers, the students collect data to compare similarities and differences between people and bears at various stages of maturity.
Students begin this investigation by watching the seven-minute video, "Underwater Acoustic Monitoring." Students discuss their reactions to the video and then listen to sound clips of ocean animals and human-made sounds. This will familiarize them with sounds commonly heard in the ocean. This investigation demonstrates how humans and marine mammals rely on sound for communication and even survival.
This investigation will introduce students to the importance of using good observation skills, which enables researchers to accurately collect and record data. Students will be given a sample of (teacher-created) bear poop to analyze. The scientific word for poop is scat. Through careful observation and examination, they will be able to answer questions about what bears eat, quality of habitat, time of year, and bear safety.
This lesson is designed to teach students how to identify whales as marine mammals. The teacher will introduce the difference between baleen and toothed whales and increase the students understanding of the feeding method of baleen whales, and why Baleen whales are connected to Cape Hatteras National Seashore
Kelp forests promote marine biodiversity. In the absence of predators such as the sea otter, kelp forests can be decimated by grazers such as sea urchins. With the return of the sea otter to Glacier Bay, the kelp forests have returned. A wide variety of living creatures could not survive in the urchin barrens but thrive in the kelp forests.